Project MEND is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and illness through the refurbishment, reuse and distribution of medical equipment and other assistive technology.
The History of Project MEND
Incorporated in 1992 and established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1993, Project MEND, also known as the Medical Equipment Network for those with Disabilities has been providing for the medical equipment and assistive technology needs of low-income persons with disabilities in San Antonio and Texas since 1992.
Project MEND was founded by Murlin Johnson (1936-2007) in 1992 in San Antonio,Texas. Mr. Johnson was born with Rickets Disease, an abnormal bone formation resulting from inadequate calcium in the bones. This disease required Mr. Johnson to walk with the assistance of crutches and later on in life, he was confined to using a scooter or electric wheelchair.
While volunteering with the Texas Department of Human Services Elderly and Disabled Unit, Mr. Johnson noticed social workers clamoring for home hospital beds, wheelchairs and walkers for their indigent patients. He knew there was a wealth of discarded used medical equipment in the community. In 1993, he formed the non-profit agency Project MEND ( Medical Equipment Network for those with Disabilities ).
Project MEND has since served Texans by providing a variety of donated and refurbished medical equipment items to low income persons with disabilities.
The Need of Project MEND
Mobility and independence are basic human rights. People with disabilities have little choice but to depend on family, friends, and the increasingly limited healthcare system when daily activities of life such as bathing, sleeping, and eating become insurmountable chores. When a person living with a disability has limited economic resources, dependency and isolation often occur.
There is no other agency in Texas that provides these services! In 2014, Project MEND provided 1,333 clients with home medical equipment and assistive technology services; issued 3,410 pieces of medical equipment valued at nearly $500,000. The distribution of refurbished, professionally sanitized equipment decreases the cost burden to clients, and also keeps our landfills empty of these items. Supporting Project MEND is a good investment. Your donations are spent on program services.
Project MEND Needs New or Gently Used Medical Equipment
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The Results from Project MEND
By addressing the needs of medically vulnerable individuals in the community, Project MEND effectively reduces the gap in service to low-income persons with disabilities. Clients served do not have the means to obtain the critical medical equipment any other way. Results of Project MEND programs include recovered mobility and independence, increased ability of individuals to care for themselves or to actively assist in their care, improved self-esteem and cost savings to the community. Refurbished equipment:
- Costs half the price new adaptive equipment
- Keeps bulky electric wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, and other mobility adaptive equipment out of our landfills
- Extends the useful life of costly medical equipment
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Some of the people that Project MEND helps daily
Omar suffered a brain injury from the complications of hydrocephalus. Project MEND provided a ramp so that his mother is able to wheel him in and out of the house easily. This allows him to have more mobility and independence, and allows his mom to take him with her as she goes about the daily chores of living and assisting her son.
Donna contacted our office seeking assistance for an IPAD. Donna lost her extremities due to an unidentified bacterial infection. Project MEND provided Donna with an IPAD that allows her to communicate with others by using a dictation program that prints out what she is saying.
After losing his leg to a land mine, Moe was taught how to make a prosthetic leg for himself. After years of wearing an ill-fitted handmade prosthesis that caused his stump to be infected, Moe was able to get a used prosthetic leg that was re-purposed and fitted to meet his needs.